Learning Through Storytelling
Story telling is not only a way to have fun. It is a way for kids to expand their learning through creativity and imagination. Critical thinking skills, writing skills, and an enhanced vocabulary and spelling are just some of the benefits to storytelling.
When they are telling a story, kids create stories using their imagination and creativity. Imagination and creativity promote critical thinking skills because kids have to think outside the box to tell their story. The stories usually start out simple but as children tell more stories, the stories become more detailed which is the mind growing and expanding. Through this growth the children learn more about things around them and become more aware of their surroundings which are all a part of critical thinking. Their thoughts are deeper.
Through storytelling children learn good writing skills. After they tell their story, it is important to let them know that they need to preserve their wonderful story by writing it down. The story can be written or keyed in a word processor. If writing the story out, they need to use the same journal so that they can keep track of their stories. If they use a word processor be sure to print them out and save all hard copies in a portfolio. If they ask how to write it, tell them to write it just as they told it. Once they get the story on paper they can edit it and add new words to their story.
Vocabulary skills are also enhanced by storytelling. Children learn new words when they hear another person tell a story or when they write their story down. Once the story is in writing they can get a thesaurus out and find different words to put in place of the ones they used. This enhances their vocabulary. Writing the story out is also an excellent time to work on spelling skills by making sure they use proper spelling in the written part of their story.
Critical thinking skills, writing skills and vocabulary skills are learned through creativity and the use of imagination. Storytelling is one of the best ways to bring out the imagination and expand critical thinking in all children.
About Kim Miller
I am a single mom of two sons, 15 and 18 years old. I also have an 8 month old grandson. I recently earned my BA in Elementary Education and am working toward an MA in Elementary Education. I love working with children and watching them learn.